The Marching Bearcat Band (MBB) is the most visible performing ensemble on the McKendree
University campus. MBB performs at all home football games, is the host and featured
performing ensemble at our Preview of Champions Marching Band Competition, and is
the sponsor of Drum Corps International’s DCI St. Louis show.
Each fall the band wraps up the season with a staged and specially lighted concert in the Hettenhausen Center for the Arts. The show highlights all the music from the season and features the Color Guard, PomCats Dance Team, the Drumline and special guests. Recent shows have included Hits of the 70s and 80s, a Superhero Show, Southern Fried Rock, Music from Les Miserable, and YouTube Hits.
The MBB is made up of students from many different disciplines: approximately 50% majoring in areas outside music, 25% majoring in music and 25% minoring in music.
Thinking about pursuing your passion for band and color guard after high school?
Sign up for a Marching Bearcat Band Audition today!
1. It's Fun!
College Marching Band is NOT about preparing for competitions. It's about entertainment! Starting with your first day of band camp, you’ll be building lasting friendships with people just like you! Support the athletic teams doing what you do best and enjoy the bonding time with your buddies!
2. An Opportunity to Grow as a Musician
Private instrumental lesson fees are included in your band scholarship award. Our instructors are ALL professional musicians from the Greater St. Louis area. Learn more about our fantastic instructors.
3. It’s Good for You!
Prevent that ominous “Freshman 15” with an activity you enjoy! According to a study of Arizona State University Marching Band students by V.S. Cowen, Marching Band Members take an average of 13,987.8 + 4,715.7 steps on game day and 8,337.5 + 4,015.7 steps on non-game days!
4. Insider Access to Major Music Events
Our McKendree University Athletic Bands Department hosts the Drum Corp International - St. Louis Competition as well as the largest event on campus, our own Preview of Champions High School Marching Band Competition!
5. It Pays!
Automatic $3,000 Annual MBB Scholarships for Band and Color Guard Members (ILMEA, TNMEA, MMEA, IMEA and DCI musicians can receive up to $5,000! High need instruments may also receive additional award amounts.)
Music Ensemble Scholarships - Up to $2,000
Awarded to students regardless of major field of study.
Band Scholarships - Up to $5,000
Awarded for co-curricular participation in the Marching Bearcat Band, Drumline and Color Guard.
Director of Athletic Bands
Hettenhausen Center of Arts 1092